Or­gan­ise your menu bar

Use Bar­tender 2 to quickly or­gan­ise and search your menu bar’s sta­tus icons

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Use Bar­tender 2 to quickly or­gan­ise and search all of your menu ex­tras

Icons at the right end of the menu bar pro­vide quick ac­cess to set­tings and alerts, but OS X has a strange re­la­tion­ship with third-party ones. Those pro­vided with the sys­tem – Vol­ume, Clock, Air­Port, and so on – can be re­ar­ranged, and ac­cessed us­ing the key­board by press­ing ≈+*. How­ever, third-party icons are blocked from both.

En­ter Bar­tender (macbar­tender.com), which en­ables you to or­gan­ise all menu bar icons, along with a host of other things. We’ll as­sume you’ve in­stalled the four-week trial version. You’ll need to ac­cess its pref­er­ences, which is done by click­ing the app’s own menu bar icon, then the cog, then Pref­er­ences.

When you open Bar­tender for the first time, it’ll rear­range your menu bar icons in semi-ran­dom fash­ion. How­ever, it will re­mem­ber any sub­se­quent changes you make. Quit it and your menu bar will re­vert to how it was be­fore. Also, if an icon doesn’t be­have re­gard­ing your Bar­tender set­tings, quit and re­open its app. One fi­nal tip: if you have lots of icons, ac­ti­vate Bar­tender and then type to search; it’ll fil­ter the se­lec­tion as you type, Spot­light-style. Craig Grannell

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